06 Apr '11, 12pm

The Rich Are Different: They Can Buy More Sand: A new study suggests that increased coastal erosion will create

The Rich Are Different: They Can Buy More Sand: A new study suggests that increased coastal erosion will create

Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Sandbags protect homes from beach erosion in Nags Head, N.C. An economist, an oceanographer and an expert in complex systems have just published a study posing a question: What happens if physical predictions about the erosive force of future storms are entwined with economic predictions of how coastal towns deal with the loss of their beaches? Their models essentially yield this answer: If the cost of replacement sand increases as the supply decreases, richer communities will use up most of the sand. That will hold true whether or not the wealthier towns are more prone to erosion than those with lower property values. If the communities with higher property values are on northern outcroppings of a cape, thus vulnerable to greater erosion, they will spare no effort, responding most aggressively to maintain their beaches. In so doing, the...

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